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Technical Note: A novel rocket-based in situ collection technique for mesospheric and stratospheric aerosol particles
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
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2013 (English)In: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, ISSN 1867-8548, Vol. 6, no 3, 777-785 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A technique for collecting aerosol particles between altitudes of 17 and 85 km is described. Spin-stabilized collection probes are ejected from a sounding rocket allowing for multi-point measurements. Each probe is equipped with 110 collection samples that are 3 mm in diameter. The collection samples are one of three types: standard transmission electron microscopy carbon grids, glass fibre filter paper or silicone gel. Collection samples are exposed over a 50 m to 5 km height range with a total of 45 separate ranges. Post-flight electron microscopy will give size-resolved information on particle number, shape and elemental composition. Each collection probe is equipped with a suite of sensors to capture the probe's status during the fall. Parachute recovery systems along with GPS-based localization will ensure that each probe can be located and recovered for post-flight analysis.

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2013. Vol. 6, no 3, 777-785 p.
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Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
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Atmospheric Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88532DOI: 10.5194/amt-6-777-2013ISI: 000317011200020OAI: diva2:611857
Available from: 2013-03-19 Created: 2013-03-19 Last updated: 2013-05-07Bibliographically approved

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